Ever since watching Far and Away back in the day, I’ve found myself drawn to Irish immigrant stories in New York and beyond. Without diving too much into history nerdiness, it’s incredible what scorn and drama many of these families went through (not discounting the other folks, just so you know!) But for many Irish, it wasn’t pretty. Not only leaving Ireland, but arriving to the US as well. I’m not surprised then, that Flight of the Earls by Michael Reynolds quickly grabbed my interest for the INPSYs.
It’s 1846 in Ireland. When her family’s small farm is struck by famine, Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus, set out across the ocean to the Promised Land of America.
Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears as she lands in the coming-of-age city of New York. There she discovers love, adventure, tragedy, and a terrible secret which threatens to destroy her family and all she believes.
Flight of the Earls is the first book in a historical novel trilogy based on Irish immigration in the 1840s.
It’s very well written, intriguing, includes twists I didn’t see coming and entertaining on many levels. I enjoyed connecting with the characters (both good and bad), learning about different aspects of the Irish history and was happy to find out it was a series (the last in the series just released!). I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy historical reads! Do any of you enjoy Irish immigrant stories as well?